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Sonya Maness-Turner, a Kansas native, served two years as Executive Director of the historic Young Women’s Christian Organization in Laurel, Mississippi, then as a Community Builder with United Way of Northeast Florida’s 2016 Fall Campaign before coming to RAP. She grew up in a two-story Victorian, one of the first homes built along Washington Ave. in her hometown, Iola. While there are Scots-Irish, French and Spanish surnames among the ancestors on both sides, her family origins are unclear. Sonya’s mother claims, “we are a Heinz 57 mixture”.
Before moving to Florida in 2016, Sonya volunteered with Junior Achievement, served on the Board of Lawrence Breakfast Optimists and as Treasurer and Board member of Lawrence Board of REALTORS®. Her background is in psychology and theater.
Crystal, a Jacksonville native, has been finance manager for Riverside Avondale Preservation and the Riverside Arts Market since August 2012. Her finance and administrative background is drawn from spending 11 years in family law as a legal assistant. Outside the office, Crystal is a visual artist and works in her studio at CoRK Arts District, where she fills the role of event coordinator for their three galleries and over 65 artists at CoRK. Her passion the environment is evident in her artwork and extracurricular interests, she is currently serving as Programming Chair for the Elements, the Museum of Science and History’s Young Professionals Group, leads nature tours for her new business, Lazy Jay’s Tour Company, and frequently holds gardening workshops. A longtime resident of Riverside, she is proud to work for an organization that gives back to the surrounding neighborhood and community. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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John, a US Navy veteran returned to Florida in 2015. While he was away he spent some of his time studying at Chapman University in San Diego and aboard the USS Ranger. His duty stations included Fighter Squadron Two, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Operation Deep Freeze and Naval Air Station Alameda. Shortly after returning from the South Pole he began his twenty-three-year non-profit career with the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association.
His passion for healthy communities, local businesses, and the agricultural arts led to the creation of the largest Market Association in the country. John was instrumental in creating the first hospital-based farmers’ market in the San Francisco Bay Area with Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser now sponsors over fifty markets throughout the country and continues to educate communities about healthy eating.
John’s past volunteer service includes President, California Federation of Certified Farmers’ Markets, President, Pleasanton Downtown Association, Member, Brentwood Neighborhood Advisory Committee, Chaired State of California’s Direct Marketing Task Force and Co-Chair State of California’s Department of Agriculture’s Technical Planning Committee.
John spends most of his free time dreaming and looking for new ways to turn that vision into reality. If there’s any time left over you’ll find him at the beach with his wife and two Golden Retrievers.
George Buckland built the Buckland House (RAP’s office) in 1913 for his family, including his wife Grace and two daughters, Mary and Charlotte. George’s father Ralph was a lawyer in Ohio, a member of the US House of Representatives, and a colleague of President Rutherford B. Hayes. George had a collection of correspondence at the Buckland House between his father and the President, which was donated to the Hayes Presidential Library in Fremont, Ohio. George left Ohio and moved to Jacksonville in 1908 to work for the gas company. He was known for his weekly column, “Family Pages from the Past” published in the Florida Metropolis newspaper. During their time living in the house, Grace and Mary ran a primary school from the home, which operated through the 1940s. Charlotte was a teacher for the Duval County schools. The house was donated by a cousin of Charlotte and Mary’s to RAP, and in 1991, the Buckland House became RAP headquarters.
Mike is a lifelong resident of the Riverside/Avondale/Ortega area. He graduated from UF and holds a MBA from Jacksonville University. A third generation Realtor, he and his family have provided brokerage, finance and consulting services to clients since 1925. Mike renovated his first Avondale building in 1985 and he is an active investor who advises and finances clients who renovate distressed properties. He is interested in public policy and is a former chair of the Northeast Florida Assocation of Realtors Political Action and Ethics committees. Mike’s interest in history drew him to join the dive team that recovered over 3000 artifacts from the Maple Leaf, a Civil War-era ship and National Historic Landmark that sunk in the St. Johns River in 1864. Other interests include the outdoors, aviation, and antique cars. He is married to Sue Root Barker, an architectural photographer, and they have two children.
Christina serves as Director Property & Government Accounting at CSX. In this capacity, she is leads both the Property and Government Accounting teams to ensure:
Christina has been with CSX since December 2014, when she joined Internal Audit & Compliance. She moved into her current department in March 2017. Prior to CSX she held a Senior Manager Controller position at Regency Centers in Jacksonville and worked in public accounting, both at KPMG in Jacksonville and PwC in Boston.
Christina graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a Masters of Accountancy and Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She is also a CPA licensed in the State of Florida.
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Born and raised in Riverside Avondale, Allan returned in 2000 after studying management at the College of Charleston and a five-year stint in the tourism industry of historic Savannah. After working for Biscottis and bb’s restaurant group for ten years, he and business partners opened Black Sheep, one of Riverside’s popular eateries, and is involved with Black Sheep at Intuition and Bellwether downtown. When not at work, Allan is involved with the 5 Points Merchants Association, Jacksonville Urban Agriculture and various RAP committees and events. He is the 2017 Luminaria Committee Chair.
Dr. Iris Eisenberg has lived in Riverside since the mid-1970s. Active in early RAP activities, she served on the board in the 1980s, was a participant in preserving brick-paved Bayard Place, and was a partner in the preservation of the Martha Washington Hotel. Dr. Eisenberg is a Board-certified pediatrician and owner of Oceanway Pediatrics. She is a recently retired Lt. Colonel (Flight Surgeon) in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. She has served on the boards of the Gateway Girl Scout Council, Speech and Hearing Center of Jacksonville and Uptown Civitan. She is also a member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network and Beth Shalom Synagogue.
Keith has been a resident of Riverside Avondale for twenty-plus years, having moved to the area after graduating from Georgia Tech. Keith has served on the Board previously during the efforts to gain local historic district designation for the neighborhood. Keith has served as Luminaria Committee Chair and RAP Treasurer in the past. He and his wife Ann have three daughters.
Daniel was born and raised in Jacksonville and is a proud graduate of Florida State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Business. He started Brightway Insurance – Riverside in 2007 and is still growing it strongly today. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, he received the Five Star Home/Auto Insurance Professional Award for being a top rated insurance professional. He was awarded the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville’s Ilene Sari Selvan Young Leadership Award in 2014. A recognized expert in the insurance field, he is routinely interviewed by local media on the topic. Daniel serves in leadership roles in various non-profit organizations including the Executive Board of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville, Chair of rGEN, Board of Trustees for Congregation Ahavath Chesed, where he co-chaired just concluded a successful search committee. He is also a former board member of JCA.
Mark was born in Carmel, Indiana, but has been in Jacksonville for four years after attending Florida Coastal School of Law. He is a Senior Compliance Consultant at Aetna, but recently became the founding attorney at the Law Offices of Mark F. Moss, PLLC. He would be lying if he said the food didn’t make his decision to move to the Riverside Avondale area an easy one, but the walkability and the beauty are two of his favorite features. When not working, Mark can be found doing endless landscaping on his house or trying new restaurants with his wife, Dana, and two dogs, Zeus and Atlas.
Nancy and her husband, Ted, fell in love with the Riverside-Avondale area upon arriving in Jacksonville in 1990, and for the past 25 years they have raised three children in the same house on Challen Avenue. She grew up outside Chicago and lived in Providence, Boston, New York City and Charlottesville, cities where she appreciated the rich history alongside smart urban living and development. However, her hometown of Hinsdale, IL has resisted a historic district and has become a teardown capital, including the demolition of her 1887 childhood home, and she is happy to be a part of historic preservation and smart growth in her adopted home of Jacksonville. She is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MBA from the University of Virginia, and spent her early career as a marketing executive with American Express, AT&T and MediaOne (Comcast). She now leads the business side of Stop At Nothing, a leadership development consulting firm. In addition to RAP, she has been involved with We Love Avondale and is currently on the board of Scenic Jacksonville and is a member of the marketing committee of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
Born and raised in Elizabethtown, KY, Joy is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in education and has taught elementary and middle school in Kentucky and Georgia. Growing up in a 1920s Prairie-style home, Joy has always had an appreciation for historic districts and classic architecture. Joy and her husband Ed relocated to Jacksonville in 1999 and immediately fell in love with the beautiful homes and neighborhood feel of Riverside Avondale. As a Realtor, Joy specializes in homes in Jacksonville’s historic areas. She has served as the Chair for the RAP Tour of Homes seven times, most recently in 2017.
Dr. Wayne Wood is the founder of Riverside Avondale Preservation and originator of the idea for the Riverside Arts Market. He has published multiple books on Jacksonville history and architecture, including Jacksonville’s Architectural Heritage. Called the “godfather” of historic preservation in Jacksonville, Wayne has lived in Riverside Avondale since 1971 and has family roots in the neighborhood. In 2010, he was named one of the 50 most influential people in Northeast Florida by the Florida Times-Union and Folio Weekly called him the “Most Interesting Man in Jacksonville.” Wayne is a retired optometrist and currently working on his 14th book about Jacksonville. Dr. Wood is a permanent ex-officio member of the RAP board.
Janice Young, an Atlanta native,is a graduate of Auburn University College of Architecture and Fine Arts in Interior Design and has spent her entire career in Jacksonville. Major projects have included the Jacksonville and Orlando Airport, Florida Times Union Performing Arts Center, San Jose Country Club, and historic preservation projects, both commercial and residential. She is a Riverside resident where she has her design studio, and has been involved with many committees and the Governor’s Board of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, a charter member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network, served on the Zoning committee of RAP before coming to the RAP board in 2017.